Gone are the days where Chicago Blackhawks fans can easily buy tickets to home games. After making the playoffs five out of the past six years and winning the Stanley Cup twice in four years, being shut out of tickets is to be expected for the normal buyer.
For me, as a young Chicago sports fan, this is completely new.
Last year I was able to buy four tickets to one game of the season. This year I was able to buy zero. I am not complaining, though. I’ll take Stanley Cup championships over cheap tickets every day, but the quick sellout of Blackhawks tickets reminded me how great it is to have your favorite sports team be part of the league’s elite.
Being raised as a Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan, I’m not familiar with watching my team truly succeed. Sure, both the Cubs and Bears have had good seasons over the past 15 years, but they’ve always seemed to disappoint. Disappointing fans was, essentially, the Cubs’ job from 2003-08, and the Bears are picking up where the Cubs left off by stringing two disappointing seasons back-to-back over the past two seasons.
Tickets for Cubs games are as low as $7 on Stubhub, and though Bears tickets are more expensive, there’s no problem finding decently priced (for football games that is) tickets. On the other hand, finding reasonably priced Blackhawks tickets is impossible. Thirty-five dollar 300 level seats, which once went for as low as $7, are now $62-$102 and sell for a lot more on third-party sites.
It’s upsetting to have to cut out or dig a lot deeper into your paycheck to see your favorite team play, especially if you’re a the die-hard fan without much money, but that’s what happens when you have a successful team and high demand in a big market such as Chicago. Watching the games on TV isn’t as enjoyable as experiencing the game with 20,000 other fans, but it’s still great and just as fun if you watch it with a group of friends.
The Blackhawks have been more successful in the past 10 years than all the other Chicago teams combined. Realize that, come to terms with the negative effects that has, but also cherish and stand proud knowing your team is so damn good.
If you are feeling down about not landing tickets, take two minutes out of your day to watch the Blackhawks score two goals in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup earlier this year.